Blue Devil sparks huge payoffs at Pompano; Rosie Huff honored

Pompano Beach, FL — With a $58,000 guaranteed Pick-5 Pool highlighting the Monday (April 11) program at Pompano Park, the Send It In Army responded in droves, resulting in several huge payoffs from start to finish.

Ivar Hyngstrom’s Blue Devil kicked things off in the featured $12,600 Open II Trot, taking advantage of miscues along the way by the two favorites to take top honors in 1:55.2.

The 4-year-old gelded son of Anders Bluestone emerged with the win with a :28.1 finale to hit the wire a length up on the longest proposition on the board, Crossfit Mouse (Corey Braden). Keegan Ho (Fern Paquet Jr.) finished third over Enzio. The two chalks, the Lionking AS at even money, and second choice, Keystone Apache at 8-5, made miscues while on their respective leads during the mile, leaving the door open for the upset.

At the outset, The Lionking AS zipped off the wings into a long lead and took the field to the opening panel in :27.3 with Blue Devil in the garden spot and Crossfit Mouse third. Meanwhile, Keystone Apache, unhurried early, began marching forward and reached second halfway through in a rated :57.3. On the backside, The Lionking AS made an uncharacteristic miscue, enabling Keystone Apache to open up a seemingly insurmountable lead of six lengths over Blue Devil and Crossfit Mouse past the third station in 1:25.3. Once they straightened away, Keystone Apache went up in the air, enabling Blue Devil’s 7-1 upset.

The win was the third straight for Blue Devil as he stepped up to the Open class for the first time to send his seasonal bankroll to $26,368 and his lifetime earnings to $163,344. Blue Devil paid $16.40 to win.

With subsequent winners Gemologist ($5.60)., SBD Corazon ($9.40), Princess Royal (24.60) and Lion On Landon ($24.00) following, the 50-cent Pick-5 combination of 2-5-7-6-2 returned $20,719.50 to three astute members of the Send It In Army.

Lion On Landon, incidentally, also extended his winning streak to three for owner-trainer Nick Coblentz with Rick Plano in the bike on all three occasions while returning mutuels of $32.60, $37.00 and $24.00 along the way.

Rosie Huff (center) was the recipient of the Meritorious Award for a quarter century of service to the FSBOA and its membership. Jessica Hallett photo.

The fireworks continued right to the Super Hi-5 finale as Tony Kerwood piloted Pick Six to a narrow win at odds of 28-1, enabling an exacta of $1,041.20, a trifecta of $6,326.60, and a 20-cent superfecta of $3,638.22. There was nary a single Super Hi-5 ticket on the 1-10-9-7-4 combination, causing that carryover for Tuesday (April 12) to inflate to $10,650.50.

Also, the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association’s Rosie Huff was honored for her quarter century of meritorious service to that organization and its membership. Past FSBOA presidents Joe Pennacchio and Dein Spriggs, along with Tom Eichas, made the presentation with Pennacchio and Spriggs echoing each others sentiments saying, “You would have to look far and wide to find any individual with the dedication and caring of Rosie Huff. She’s one in a million!”

Racing continues on Tuesday with a $15,000 guaranteed pool on the Pick-4, further bolstered by an industry-low 12 percent takeout. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.

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